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What is the moving cost from east to west coast?

January 20th, 2015 - 3:14 PM

Are you planning a coast-to-coast move?

(updated 1/20/2015)

If you’re moving from sea to shining sea, you have a big task ahead of you. Coast to coast, you could be traveling as far as 3,000 miles. That’s a long drive no matter how you do it. When it comes to choosing how you’ll get your belongings across the country, you’ll find there are several options available, each with unique costs and requirements, and we’ll talk about those options. But the big, most important question is, “how much does it cost?”

Price all depends on your needs and how much of the work you’re willing and able to do.

Moving from the east to west coast.

If you can do your own packing, loading, and unloading, U-Pack offers big saving for coast-to-coast moves! Just load a trailer or container at your home, we’ll drive it to your new home, and when you’re finished unloading, we’ll pick it up. The price compares to truck rental, but you can drive the 2,000-3,000 miles in the comfort of your own vehicle instead of a large box truck. It’s an option more and more people are selecting.

U-Pack offers instant moving quotes online, so it’s easy to calculate how much it costs for coast-to-coast moving and storage.

What Options are Available?

It’s important to note that some movers are not licensed for interstate moving—just local or intrastate moves. Because you’re moving across state lines, the movers must be licensed for interstate moving. Here are some of your options:

You pack, we drive

This is a nice mix of “do-it-yourself” and “do-it-for-me” moving. You pack and load your belongings and an experienced driver moves it across the country. It’s what U-Pack specializes in and where our prices are most competitive. Flexible pricing means you only pay for the space you use, regardless of what you reserve (down to a 5 ft. minimum or 1 ReloCube).

With this service, you load up the moving truck, then head out across the country in your personal vehicle. You can track the shipment 24/7 as it travels, and schedule delivery when you get to your new home. The transit time averages about 4-5 business days cross country.

Portable moving and storage containers

These ground-level units are dropped off at your home, you load them, and they’re transported to your new home. It’s a great solution for moving a small house or apartment from east to west coast, especially if you need storage.

Our portable moving and storage container is called a ReloCube. It’s a metal, weatherproof container that’s secured with your very own padlock. U-Pack can store it, or deliver to your door for unloading—whatever fits your needs. Get a free moving quote to determine your U-Pack moving cost for a ReloCube—with or without storage! Check here for info on comparing PODS® prices to U-Pack.

Rental trucks

When you’re moving just down the street, truck rental is a cheap way to move. But, when you’re driving from coast to coast, that may not be the case.  

If you were to drive 65 mph the entire way (and your speed will definitely fluctuate), it will take approximately 46 hours to drive 3,000 miles. And if you drive 10 hours a day, it will take about 4.5 days to get there. If you tow a vehicle and drop your speed to the recommended 55 mph, it would take about 55 hours—or 5.5 days. That’s a long time in a rental truck.

It’s also worth noting that truck rental rates do not include fuel. If you’re driving coast to coast in a rental truck, you can expect to pay around $900 to gas it up with today’s prices. Of course, as gas prices go up, so does your cost. Use the rental truck fuel calculator to figure out the cost of fuel for your move.

Full-Service Moves

With full-service coast-to-coast movers you’ll get a more hands-off approach to moving. You pay others to pack, load, drive and unload for you. And your price is normally based on the weight of your shipment. Since they do all the work for you, it’s normally the most expensive way to move. You’ll also often find longer transit times with full-service movers—upward of 14-21 days (or more) for moves that go coast to coast.

Calculate Your East to West Coast Moving Cost

The price to move coast to coast differs based on where you’re moving from and to, how much you’re moving and when you’re moving—and getting a quote is very easy. Just enter the details online, or call a helpful moving consultant at 800-413-4799.

If you need help planning your coast-to-coast move, we’re here to help! Call us at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment.

Fun Coast-to-Coast Facts!

U.S. cities with more than 3,000 miles between them (as you can see, it isn't a comprehensive list):  

  • Lubec, ME to San Diego, CA is 3,342 miles
  • Boston, MA to Eureka, CA is 3,224 miles
  • Los Angeles, CA to Bangor, ME is 3210
  • Portland, ME to Portland, OR is 3,188 miles
  • Santa Maria, CA to Montpelier, VT is 3,076 miles
  • Concord, NH to Olympia, WA is 3,065 miles
  • Providence, RI to Seattle, WA is 3,030 miles
  • Bellingham, Washington to Charleston, SC is 3022 miles
  • Myrtle Beach, SC to Olympia, WA is 3,017 miles
  • New York, NY to Monterey, CA is 3,006 miles

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